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Chere is scarcely a day in the entire year to which we attach greater 
importance than Palm Sunday, commemorating as it does our 
Lord's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, when the multitude 
saluted Him by waving palm branches and strewing them before Him, 
singing as they went : " Hosanna ! Blessed be the King that cometh in 
the name of the Lord." 

Palm Sunday emphasizes the kingship of Christ. We love to 
think of Him as our Friend, our Elder Brother, our Saviour, but on 
this day we think of Him, more particularly, as our King. The prophet 
in speaking of this day, said : "Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion ; 
shout, O daughter of Jerusalem ; behold thy King cometh unto thee." 
Therefore the services of this day are of a character which leads us to 
open our hearts to receive Christ as our King. 

Palm Sunday brings to our minds the self-abnegation of our Lord, 
and His deep concern for man. In the midst of His great triumph, 
while the multitude shouted His praises, while honor was being fairly 
lavished upon Him, He wept over unbelieving Jerusalem. He turned 
from earthly honor to the crown of thorns and cross. 

The teachings of this triumphal day have led us to regard it as 
an appropriate time for receiving into the Church any who have 
received Christ into the heart. In view of the children's glad welcome 
to Christ on the occasion of His notable triumph, we esteem this a 
peculiarly appropriate day for welcoming young people into the com- 
municant membership of the Church. The service for the reception 
of members is one of marked simplicity and tenderness. 

Edward S. Crosland, 

Pastor Calvary Church. 


Che reading of the Passion Week Manual is something unique in the 
line of religious service. The story of the last nine days of Jesus 
Christ on earth is carefully taken from the four Gospels, and 
arranged so as to make a continuous and connected narrative. 

The services are planned in such a manner as to have the reading 
correspond to the time when the events occurred. 

On Palm Sunday the account of the entry into Jerusalem is read. 
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday the events of those days form the theme 
of the readings. Maunday Thursday, the account of the institution of 
the Holy Communion and the arrest in Gethsemane is heard in the 
services, and the Holy Communion is celebrated at night. The sub- 
jects for Good Friday are the crucifixion and burial of the body of 
Jesus Christ. The lovefeast on Saturday or Great Sabbath is to com- 
memorate the rest in the tomb. The early Easter Sunday meeting on 
the graveyard as well as the other services of the day all show forth the 
happy resurrection thought. 

This reading of the narrative as a connected whole, without com- 
ment or exhortation on the part of the minister, has a solemnity and 
power about it which must be heard to be appreciated, and once heard 
can never be forgotten. 

John H. Clewell, 
President Salem Academy and College. 


Che crisis approaches. The storm clouds of envy and hate have 
thickened overhead. A few hours, and they will burst in full 
fury on the meek and lowly Jesus. 

Voluntarily He leaves peaceful Bethany. In the upper 
chamber, with His disciples, He partakes of the Passover, prophetic 
of His own death, and with the bread and wine He institutes the 
Lord's Supper. Finally, the parting words — tender, comforting, 
pulsing with love. 

Then Gethsemane ! Beneath friendly olives, with soul "sorrow- 
ful even unto death" He falls "on His face on the ground" and 
pours forth His soul-burdened prayer — "O, My Father, if this cup 
may not pass from Me except I drink it, Thy will be done." 
Strengthened for the great trial, and accepting the "cup" as His 
own, He rises, and, a few moments later, receives the traitor's kiss 
and is seized by the Roman soldiery. 



In judgment hall abased, 
With scourges lacerated, 

Thy thorn-crowned Saviour see ! 
The mocking robe He's wearing, 
The jeers and blows He's bearing, 

Because of love for thee, for thee. 

On Calvary's hill behold Him, 
As darkness doth enfold Him, 

Fast nailed to cruel tree. 
From wounded side is flowing 
The blood for sin atoning, 
He's dying there for thee, for thee. 

J. Kenneth Pfohl, 
Pastor Christ Church. 


n six days God created the heavens and the earth and rested on 
the seventh day, wherefore, God blessed the sabbath day and 

hallowed it." 

It was again hallowed by divine providence,when, after His crucifixion, 
the body of Jesus rested in the rock-hewn tomb in Joseph's garden, where 
on the following day, very early in the morning, He arose from the grave. 

Therefore, the day before Easter Sunday is called the "Great Sab- 
bath," and is commemorated by the Christian Church at each returning 

To believers it brings great comfort, for as Jesus rested in the grave 
and rose again, so the grave has become to them a resting place of the 
body, to await the final resurrection, which will as surely come, as the 
Easter morn succeeds the evening shadows of the Great Sabbath Day. 

This is the dominant thought in the Great Sabbath Lovefeast, when 
hymns expressing faith in the crucified Saviour, and brotherly love among 
His followers, are succeeded by thoughts of those who "fall asleep," and 
the triumphant strains which tell of the safety of their rest, and of the 
coming glorious awakening. r 

Superintendent Emeritus Salem Home Sunday School. 


t has been very truly said that every Sunday should be an Easter day, 
and one of the best ways of accomplishing this happy end is to send 
the glow of the one great Easter celebration out over all the Sun- 
days of the year. 

" Enthroned in thy sovereign sphere, 
Thou shed'st thy light on all the year; 
Sundays by thee more glorious break, 
An Easter Day in every week." 

In a Moravian community like Salem, North Carolina, the chorals 
of the Church Band enliven a good part of the night previous to the 
Easter dawn. Then there settles down upon the streets the solemn 
silence, as it were, of a great expectation, until at five o'clock the church 
bell begins to ring out its joyous salutations. In the dim light of the 
morning a great and reverent crowd gathers about the church doors. 

As the last sound of the church bell dies away, the minister, stand- 
ing at the top of the church steps, utters the glad message with which the 
first Christians were accustomed to greet each other : "The Lord is risen", 
and the great audience answers : "The Lord is risen indeed." 

Then follows, in exultant paragraphs, that Christian confession of 
faith in the risen Lord and Saviour which has come down through the 
ages, and to it the assembled multitude answers from time to time : "This 
I verily believe." 

The Christian confession having been made, in terms accepted by 
the whole Church of Christ on earth, the congregation repairs, in solemn 
procession, to the thrilling music of alternate church bands, toward the 
"God's Acre," up the lovely Avenue of Cedars, until they stand under 
the old evergreens, in reverent gathering, and by hymns as well as by litur- 
gic sentences, express their happy hope in their own resurrection, along 
with that of the dear ones whose bodies rest under the white stones all 
around them. And as they finish these glad confessions of an everlast- 
ing consolation, the rising Easter sun, from behind a curtain of forest, 
sheds his radiance on the glad and solemn scene. 

Later in the day comes the Easter sermon, and in the evening the 
reading of the Easter narrative completes a festal day, which may be 
expected to influence all the Sundays of the year. 

Edward Rondthaler, 

Pastor Home Church and Bishop of the Southern 
Province of the Moravian Church. 



o other season of 
jjl the Church year 
calls for such va- 
riety or amount of mu- 
sical effort as the Holy 
Week from Palm Sun- 
day to Easter. The ser- 
vices of the week are 
largely interspersed with 
congregational singing of 
selected hymns and chorals. The Choir and Orchestra render 
anthems from Moravian composers, besides appropriate selections from 
oratorios and the best music of to-day. The services of Easter Sunday 
are the triumphal climax of the week. Before the appearance of dawn 
the Trombone Choir visits the various portions of the town and renders 
in rich harmony the favorite chorals of the Church. When the hour for 
the early service has arrived and the Litany has been read at the church, 
this company of musicians is divided into two sections, and as the pro- 
cession moves to the graveyard these two companies discourse antiphon- 
ally the impressive music of the Church. The first division plays the 
first line of each choral, the second division responds promptly by play- 
ing the second line, and though separated by a great procession the ren- 
dering of this music is as exact as if the musicians stood side by side. 

Upon the graveyard and while returning to the church the most 

triumphal chorals are played. „ T ^ 

Bernard J. Pfohl, 

Director Church Band. 



Palm SUNDAY, April 12th 10:30 a. m., Festal Service 

Confirmation and Adult Baptism 
7:45 p. m., "Bethany" 

MONDAY, April 13th 7:45 p. m., Holy Week Service 

TUESDAY, April 14th 7:45 p. m., Holy Week Service 

Wednesday, April 15th 7:45 p. m., Holy Week Service 

MAUNDAY THURSDAY, April 16th 2:30 p. m., "The High Priestly Prayer" 

3:45 p. m., "Gethsemane" 
7:45 p. m., "The Lord's Supper" 

GOOD FRIDAY, April 17th 10 a. m., The Holy Communion 

11a. m., "Before Pontius Pilate" 
2:30 p. m., "Calvary" 
7:45 p. m., "In Joseph's Tomb" 

SATURDAY, April 18th 2:30 p. m., The Great Sabbath Love Feast 

Easter Sunday, April 19th 5 a. m., "He is risen ! " 

10:30 a. m., The Easter Sermon 
7:45 p. m., Closing Easter Service 


Palm Sunday, April 12th 10:30 a. m., Festal Service 

4:00 p. m., Reception of Members 
7:45 p. m., Holy Week Service 

Monday, April 13th 8 p. m., Holy Week Service 

Tuesday, April 14th 8 p. m., Holy Week Service 

Wednesday, April 15th 8 p. m., Holy Week Service 

Friday, April 17th 2:30 p. m., "Calvary" 

7:45 p. m., "In Joseph's Tomb" 
Easter Sunday, April 19th 10:30 a. m., Easter Sermon 


Palm Sunday, April 12th 3 p.m., Reception of Members 

7:45 p. m., Holy Week Service 

Monday, April 13th 7:45 p. m., Holy Week Service 

TUESDAY, April 14th 7:45 p. m., Holy Week Service 

Wednesday, April 15th 7:45 p. m., Holy Week Service 

MAUNDAY THURSDAY, April 16th 2:30 p. m., "The High Priestly Prayer" 

Good Friday, April 17th 2:30 p. m., "Calvary" 

Easter Sunday, April 19th 10:45 a. m., Easter Sermon 

7:45 p. m., Closing Easter Service 


Palm Sunday, April 12th 

Monday, April 13th ... . 
Tuesday, April 14th . . . . 
Wednesday, April 15th . 

Easter Sunday, April 19th . 

Pai.m Sunday, April 12th . 
Monday, April 13th ...